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When the campfire flames lick the air and I lean back to let my eyes adjust to the stars in the milky way I can feel deeper roots from the past. Across the flickering yellow, friends sing along to my ukulele or guitar and we start to laugh about things that are too private for city speak.
Life is too short for polite conversation. Let's get into the grit of life and talk about those things that you can write home about.
I grew up in Colorado (Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins, Denver) and bonded to that sense of adventure that seems to be lost in the modern world of men. Felling a tree, clearing a gun, navigating the rough trail, reading books. I know the area well, prefer the excuse to share stories, virtual travel through the eyes of another, and discover even more in this great state.
What cracks you up, makes your knees weak, or scares you? Let's do those things.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Traveling is a way of becoming worldly. When I can't be the one abroad then the next best thing is to talk to others from the places that I'd like to experience.
- japanese food
- live music
Music, Movies, and Books
Currently I'm reading "Let My People Surf". by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.
I'm a big fan of CPR (Car Talk, Wait Wait, Radio Lab, This American, Fresh Air), and Vox.
I'm into music artists such as Nightmares on Wax, Ella Fitzgerald, Anuhea, Goldfrapp, Chris Stapleton, Josh Wawa White, Lenny Kravitz, Otis Redding, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Thievery Corporation, Angie Stone, Sam Cooke, Bebel Gilberto, Amy Winehouse, Jackie Wilson, Nightmares on Wax, The Crystal Method, Benny Goodman... I have an affinity of things old and with character, the 1950's are one of my favorite vintage eras.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Went to the edge of the desert in Utah while exploring the trails in the deserts of Moab. The breeze forced up the cliff's edge was fast enough to float tiny rocks upward! It's one of my favorite places that I've been to so far. The slot canyons, sheer drop cliffs, hourglass sand between my toes, and the cool water of the Colorado. Amazing!
With both hands I scooped up wet beach sand and started counting the grains... "There are more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches in the entire world" - Neil Degrasse Tyson - That blows my mind.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm a teacher at heart. I love sharing those gems that can only be learned through long living. Even though I have more years of experience than many couchsurfers I seek those that know more than me. Every once in awhile I'll run across someone that is happy from within their very core. It shows. I like to find out what things they have to pass along to the world. Not long ago I met a guy that must have been in his 60s, married for decades, and built like Hercules. His advice was to “Give 'em the benefit of the doubt.” He went on to tell stories of his marriage with his wife during her stroke and how that philosophy saved them. I love the gleam that comes from learning extraordinary things from people that I run into.
There are gobs of old mining trails, ghost towns, and campsites to relax in. I normally have gear enough for two. If you are from a country that doesn't allow it's citizens to have guns, and we have a good foundation, maybe we can go shooting. Maybe we can work with our hands and make something in my shop. Maybe weld up an indestructible coffee cup that can travel the world with you?
What I Can Share with Hosts
If I get the privilege of surfing your couch I'll do my best to be the good guest that you hope everyone to be. For me that means leaving things cleaner than when I got there, helping out with things like dishes, cooking, and will be mindful of your time whether that means being social or making sure you have the space to recharge your introvert batteries.
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